Parenting is not an easy task.From potty training to teaching social skills,you also need to pay attention on toddler sleep problems and issues when your little baby grows up to an active toddler.This is why nap training is really important for infants and then for toddlers.
If you have a toddler who doesn’t sleep throughout the night then that is not only your kid. It is common that many parents complain about their toddler sleep problems. Many moms wake up few times during the night as their toddler does not sleep through the night. Last year I was in this same situation. So I know how painful the life is without a proper night sleep!
But, finally I am happy to say that my kid sleeps throughout the night giving me too a comfortable sleep. Below are some of the things we did to help our toddler to sleep comfortably throughout the night. I hope these tips are helpful for you too if you look for ideas on getting toddler to sleep!
If you are a mom who breastfeed at night or even bottle feed at night, then you know how many times your toddler wakes up during the night time. Night weaning is one of the best ways to help your toddler to sleep.
When you wean completely during the night time, your toddler will start to sleep throughout the night giving you some relax. We experienced this. When I stopped breastfeeding him completely, my kid started to develop his night sleeping habit. It took few days for him to adjust. But after the first few days, he started to sleep continuously until the next morning. This was really a relief for me as I was really tired without having a good sleep!
Establish a Bedtime Routine
We established a bedtime routine for our kid when he was just 1 year old. Before that, we had a routine for him, but he was so young to understand the routine though he followed.
Before the bed time, I help the kid to get ready with his night pajamas after brushing teeth. When we started potty training, a potty trip is added to his bedtime routine.
We established the habit of reading a bedtime story before get into sleep. So after getting ready with night pajama, my kid goes to the bed with few story books which he likes to read before sleeping. Reading a book helps him to calm down forgetting all the toys and activities he did throughout the day.
Buy a good Toddler pillow
A comfortable pillow is always helpful for a good night sleep. However, if you just use any pillow that is small in size thinking that is the best pillow for your toddler, check the pillow again.
A toddler pillow is designed especially considering the toddler age and sleeping needs. Therefore invest on a good toddler pillow which is specially designed for the right age. A good toddler pillow will ensure your little one a good sleep making him comfortable. You can buy a soothing pillow such as any Organic Toddler Pillow which can help your kid to ensure a good sleep. You can even look for designs of Organic Pillow for Toddler as organic items are always a healthy solution.
Avoid distractions from the bedroom
If you have lot of toys and other distractions including a TV in your bedroom, consider removing those. These items will disturb your toddler’s sleeping pattern and will not help your kid to calm down.I always arrange his bed by removing toys.
Having a dim light will also help the toddler to sleep in a better environment forgetting all the distractions.
We tried all above tips when our kid was a toddler. All these ideas helped him to sleep continuously throughout the night. When he has a good sleep during the night time, he wakes up fresh in the next morning. So, a good night sleep always makes the next day beautiful for the toddler.
As a preschooler now my kid sleeps throughout the night.I am glad we followed all above tips at the right age to establish him a good sleeping pattern.
Do you have any experience with toddler sleeping issues? If you experience,hope these tips help to solve your toddler sleep problems without much struggle.Please share your ideas below.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)